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Has Egypt killed Syria?

Has Egypt killed Syria?

In the first two weeks of Ramadan, 1,262 Syrians were killed. The news didn’t make headlines and people were not agitated. This makes us wonder if what’s happening in Cairo killed the Syrian revolution or if the latter is fading into the background like what happened with Iraq after...

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Egypt overthrown shakes Islamists in the region

Egypt overthrown shakes Islamists in the region

 The military's overthrow of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood's fall from power in Egypt have sent Islamist parties around the region scrambling to preserve gains made in the Middle East and North Africa as a result of the Arab Spring uprisings. The stunning reversal has...

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Inching Into Syria

Inching Into Syria

In the border towns where Syrian rebels recuperate and resupply, the buzz is that the long wait for Barack Obama may be near an end. The excitement is not the result of the White House announcement on June 13 that the United States will supply light weapons to the groups seeking to...

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What Is Obama REALLY Doing in Syria?

What Is Obama REALLY Doing in Syria?

I'm in Oslo to give a seminar and a public lecture at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, and I'm looking forward to hearing how world politics looks from a Nordic perspective. I haven't been to Norway since 2009, when my visit coincided with the Norwegian Nobel Committee's surprising...

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Democratic Senator: Obama Has ‘No Articulated Strategy' on Syria

Democratic Senator: Obama Has ‘No Articulated Strategy' on Syria

Frustrated by the  muddle that is  U.S. policy in Syria, a growing cadre of hawkish Democrats are putting pressure on the White House to finally outline to the public and to Congress its objectives in the protracted 2 ½ year civil war. The latest and perhaps most outspoken Democrat...

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You were wrong to support Hezbollah

You were wrong to support Hezbollah

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem, Qatar’s prime minister and foreign affairs minister, is not the only one who said: We supported Hezbollah when it fought Israel but we are now against it because it’s fighting the Syrian people. Many are today justifying their past stances using this same excuse....

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America’s isolated stance on Syria

America’s isolated stance on Syria

American President Barack Obama’s  decision to provide the Syrian opposition with light arms and ammunition  is not considered a significant shift. It’s certainly not a strategic move either, but a limited tactical one that does not live up to the level of military escalation...

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We Never Learn: Syrian Lessons from Bosnia

We Never Learn: Syrian Lessons from Bosnia

Srebrenica, 26 May 2013. I am staring at almost eight thousand tombstones. Males between twelve and eighty years old have been massacred because they believed in the wrong God. It all happened in a few days. We all know the story of Srebrenica, but when you stand in the middle of the graveyard,...

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What if al-Assad prevails?

What if al-Assad prevails?

Let’s imagine a world in which Bashar al-Assad wins a military victory, remains in power, and defies the world to deal with him. Because, unfortunately, it appears to be an all too plausible scenario. An  influx of Hezbollah fighters  from Lebanon, and support from Iran’s...

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The empire of Hezbollah

The empire of Hezbollah

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 Octavia Nasr When Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, I was a teenager, growing up in a peaceful household that was neither political nor sectarian. Although Hezbollah  was born then as a resistance movement to Israel’s presence in Lebanon,...

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Maliki wastes Iraq’s money in Syria and Iran

Maliki wastes Iraq’s money in Syria and Iran

When I stated a few months ago that the Iraqi government’s involvement in Syria was serving the Iranian regime, I did not have enough evidence. I made these comments based on Iraqi-Iranian stories and happenings in Egypt, Lebanon, Gaza and Syria. Today the picture is much clearer and there is...

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Hezbollah in Syria: Brace for a Long Conflict

Hezbollah in Syria: Brace for a Long Conflict

While Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria is helping Assad regain military foothold in key areas of the country, it promises a more vicious and prolonged sectarian conflict in the longer run. The involvement strongly backed by Iran, could open the door for the West to arm the opposition in...

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Syria contagion strikes deep into Lebanon

Syria contagion strikes deep into Lebanon

  Two rockets fired at Hezbollah-controlled southern Beirut bring  Syria 's escalating civil war deeper into the heart of Lebanon and closer to unrestrained regional conflict. The two-year-old conflict in  Syria  has already tumbled into Lebanon's Bekaa Valley,...

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Iraqi Shia fighters warm up to fight in Syria

Iraqi Shia fighters warm up to fight in Syria

A video emerged on Youtube showing a crowd of Iraqi Shia beating their chests and chanting. The video was posted on May 1, another video was posted on the same day .   Some have suggested the video is old and the names of Syrian cities, Deraa and Harasta,...

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Sectarian cleansing in Syria's coastal region?

Sectarian cleansing in Syria's coastal region?

My column* this week in The National discusses the carnage in the Syrian coastal area of Banias over the weekend committed by pro-regime militias, probably led by a Turkish man called Mihraç Ural. Ural is known for activists in the area. He leads a militia, called the Syrian...

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Jihadists warn: Syria-Iraq Al Qaeda unification reflects badly on us

Jihadists warn: Syria-Iraq Al Qaeda unification reflects badly on us

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the leader of Al Qaeda franchise in Iraq, dropped a bombshell Monday by announcing that Syria’s Jabhat al-Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq were to be united under a new name “Islamic State in Iraq and Sham [Levant] (ISIS)” – which can also be called Al...

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Hizbollah's Ill-Advised Foray Into Syria

Hizbollah's Ill-Advised Foray Into Syria

    Last week, Moaz Al-Khatib recorded a video in which he addressed Hizbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah in relation to the party’s involvement in Syria. Al-Khatib's speech was moving and powerful. But Al-Khatib seemed convinced that Nasrallah was a virtuous person who could...

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What were Al Bouti last words?

What were Al Bouti last words?

In this video, Syria’s Sunni cleric Sheikh Saeed Ramadan Al Bouti gives his last religious seminar in a mosque in Damascus. At 20:10 , a bomb goes off .  In the beginning of his lecture, he says this lesson marks the 200 th lesson in a series about...

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